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Compare the female characters in DH Lawrence’s ‘Tickets, Please’ and Thomas Hardy’s ‘Tony Kytes, the Arch-Deceiver’. What are the differences and similarities between the ways they react to the male characters?

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  • Submitted: 11/07/2002
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Compare the female characters in DH Lawrence's 'Tickets, Please' and Thomas Hardy's 'Tony Kytes, the Arch-Deceiver'. What are the differences and similarities between the ways they react to the male characters?

Both DH Lawrence's 'Tickets, Please' and 'Tony Kytes, the Arch-Deceiver' deal with relationships between men and women and the rejection of women by men. At the beginning of 'Tickets, Please', Annie is 'peremptory' and 'one of the fearless young hussies' that controls the tramcars. At the end after Annie and John Thomas' roller coaster-like relationship, it is clear that something has 'broken' in her. Annie tried very hard to keep John Thomas at 'arm's length', which is emphasised by its repetition, whereas, in 'Tony Kytes', the women are almost desperate to marry Tony Kytes. But in the end, after Hannah Jolliver had refused Tony Kytes, Unity Sallet will not take Hannah's 'leavings' and walks away but looks back to see if Tony is 'following her'. In the end, Tony ends up with Milly, after-all as she doesn't believe that Tony 'didn't really mean' what he had said to them. In 'Tickets, Please', the women cope with their rejection by attacking him, and in 'Tony Kytes' the women cope

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